SHING WORDPRESS – BEYOND THE BLO
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CHAPTER 5
THE CHILD
THEME CONCEPT
5
AS A WORDPRESS designer, one of
the things you need to keep in mind is
the addition of new features with new
versions of WordPress, and in turn the
deprecation of old ones. A theme
created a few years ago will probably
still work, but it will de nitely be lacking
some of the newer functionality of more
modern themes. And the further
question is, will it still work in another
few years?  e backward compatibility
in WordPress is pretty extensive, but
there is a limit.
Compatibility is one of the many
reasons why you create core themes to
build on, and why using child themes to
extend them is such a great idea. In a
way, the child theme concept is all about
moving the individual styling for the
sites you create another step from the
code, since the child theme will consist
mostly of visual enhancements and
changes to the core theme.  at means
that the user can update the core theme
without breaking anything.
is chapter is dedicated to the brilliance
of child themes and how you can use
them e ectively for your own projects.
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